Wanchai Flag Attacker Explains

Zhū Róngchāng (朱榮昌), a 74-year-old mainlander who lowered and burned a flag at Hong Kong’s Golden Bauhinia Square on Friday, was passed on to a mental hospital’s custody (Siu Lam Hospital, 小欖醫院) by Kowloon Magistrate’s Court on Saturday. His case was adjourned to August 5, to await medical findings.

Zhu targeted the PRC flag, according to a BBC Chinese Website report, shouting “Down with the Communist Party” (打倒共產黨).

Zhu stated in court that his action hadn’t been aimed at China, as Sun Yat-sen‘s flag, not the “marxist” one, actually represented the country (朱榮昌星期六在法庭上稱,他燒燬的是「馬克思的旗」,不代表中國;「孫中山先生的國旗」才代表中國).

According to Hong Kong’s “National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance” (國旗及國徽條例), a person

who desecrates the national flag or national emblem by publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on it commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 3 years,

the BBC quotes the ordinance.

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Updates / Related

青天白日旗才是正宗, Ming Pao (Toronto), July 24, 2011

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2 Comments to “Wanchai Flag Attacker Explains”

  1. We have a guy weekly driving by the office and playing communist songs out of his care and with a big PRC flag sticking out. My colleagues were laughing when they saw it, nobody bothers about these things here. Not sure, how people would react, if he’d burn the ROC flag. Maybe not very cool in Taipei City, but much more laid back in New Taipei, I guess.

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  2. To flay a PRC flag seems to have become a way to protest against whatever kinds of injustices, real or perceived ones, in Taiwan. Your weekly flag man may have issues with his landlords or tax office – who knows. But I wouldn’t give burning the RoC flag a try – I’m pretty sure that either passersby or police would stop me, and not necessarily gently. Besides, it would surprise me if burning the flag didn’t constitute an offense in Taiwan. It does in Germany.
    Anyway, I wish the Wanchai flag attacker luck. He’ll need some.

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